Bonsai Care Instructions

Indoor Care Instructions

Your bonsai is real living tree and has been lovingly cared for over a period of years. With the right care your bonsai should live for many years. In China, where the art of bonsai originated, bonsai are handed down through the generations.

A living sculpture

A bonsai should represent a full grown tree and be in harmony with its ornamental container. The word bonsai is Japanese and means "tree in a pot". The tree and the pot together should make a beautiful living sculpture.

Positioning

The position of your bonsai may need to be changed from summer to winter. During winter place your bonsai in the brightest place possible, trying to avoid hot objects like radiators and televisions. Good daylight is essential to the trees health. In summer time beware of hot south facing windows, a little sunlight morning or evening is beneficial, but too much and your bonsai could over heat.

The tray

To aid the health of your bonsai place it on a humidity tray. This will catch the water draining through the holes in the bottom of the bonsai pot. This water will create some humidity around your bonsai. Please take care that the tray does not overflow onto your furniture.

Watering

Check your bonsai morning and evening to see if it needs watering. If the soil looks dark and feels wet then it will not need watering. Only when the soil looks light brown and feels damp will your bonsai require more water. Water thoroughly all over the soil until the water drains through into the tray. Never let your bonsai dry out and avoid keeping it constantly wet. The soil should go from wet to damp between watering. Remember the hotter the position the more water your bonsai will use.

Basic Pruning

To maintain the artistic grace and beauty of your bonsai it will need to be pruned regularly. Once new shoots have grown to about 2-3cm, using a sharp pair bonsai scissors carefully cut back to the first pair of new leaves, these will be a lighter green.

Finally....

We hope your bonsai gives you much pleasure and enjoyment for many years. To keep your bonsai strong and healthy we recommend the use of a good bonsai fertilizer which is available from our website. To learn more about the art of bonsai an excellent DVD by Bonsai Master Lloyd Noall is also available from this website.

Outdoor Care Instructions

The majority of bonsai are outdoor trees. There is huge diversity of trees from evergreens such as Pines and Junipers to deciduous trees including Oaks and Maples. 'Outdoor bonsai' are in a more natural environment than indoor trees, making them easier to care for.

Positioning

The biggest enemy of outdoor bonsai is wind. Strong winds will quickly dehydrate any delicate buds and leaves so a sheltered position is preferable. Cold weather is rarely a problem in England, but if the temperature drops dramatically it is advisable to protect exposed trees in an unheated glasshouse or alternatively cover them with some clear polythene.
The delicate foliage of Maples can scorch in full sun so partial shade during summer months is advisable. This also prevents your bonsai drying out too rapidly.

Watering

Check your bonsai morning and evening to see if it needs watering. If the soil looks dark and feels wet then it will not need watering. Only when the soil looks light brown and feels damp will your bonsai require more water. Water thoroughly over the soil surface, until the water drains through the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Never let your bonsai dry out and avoid keeping it constantly wet. The soil should go from wet to damp between watering. Remember the hotter the position the more water your bonsai will use.

Basic Pruning

To maintain the artistic grace and beauty of your bonsai it will need to be pruned regularly. Once new shoots have grown to about 2-3cm, using a sharp pair bonsai scissors carefully cut back to the first pair of new leaves, these will be a lighter green.

Finally....

We hope your bonsai gives you much pleasure and enjoyment for many years. To keep your bonsai strong and healthy we recommend the use of a good bonsai fertilizer which is available from our website. To learn more about the art of bonsai an excellent DVD by Bonsai Master Lloyd Noall is also available from this website.

2 thoughts on “Bonsai Care Instructions”

  • barryfairbairn

    please could you advise on the best bonsai
    to purchase that would be ok to place in
    a bathroom facing a window
    thank you

    Reply
    • Bonsai Direct

      Any indoor bonsai would be absolutely fine, a bathroom is actually quite a good place to keep a bonsai because there is quite good humitity in a bathroom. It sounds as though you have plenty of light so please choose the one you like best.

      Reply
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